UCLA Engineering professor Yoram Cohen was one of a dozen faculty members featured on the UCLA Year in Review website.

“It’s just unimaginable that in California we have people without access to clean drinking water,” Cohen says.

Drought, climate change and intensive farming have all increased the amount of nitrates and pesticides in groundwater, making tap water undrinkable for tens of thousands of Californians. But Cohen, who is the director of UCLA’s Water Technology Research Center, is devoted to correcting the problem.

“This isn’t a developing country. We must demonstrate that there are solutions, and that in a state like California, we can all have equal access to clean water,” he says. “The university has an obligation not just to develop new knowledge but also work with stakeholders to put that knowledge into solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.”

To read the full story, written by Alison Hewitt, click to the UCLA year in review site: https://yearinreview.ucla.edu/